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Wishbone Ash: Ash's New Leaf

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 21 February 1976

IT IS NOW ten months since Wishbone Ash packed up their troubles and settled in the USA, choosing a spot in Westport, Connecticut, that is ...

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Wishbone Ash (1980)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages audio, February 1980

Andy Powell, Martin Turner and Laurie Wisefield discuss playing older Ash material onstage; moving to America, and then coming back; the U.S. influence on their music; management problems, and the impact of New Wave.

File format: mp3; file size: 12mb, interview length: 13' 05" sound quality: *****

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Wishbone Ash: Colston Hall, Bristol

Live Review by James Johnson, Sounds, 19 June 1971

THERE IS NO doubt about it, over the last six months Wishbone Ash have developed into one of the finest loud, fast, rock bands currently ...

Hot Ash

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, 7 August 1971

STEVE UPTON of Wishbone Ash. What sort of audience did he think the band had? ...

Wishbone Ash: Pilgrimage

Review by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, 2 October 1971

WELL, AS you may have guessed, a lot of us have fallen in love with this little band, and there are a load of reasons ...

Mountain, Wishbone Ash: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 20 November 1971

WISHBONE ASH are without  a doubt one of our finest new bands — they make good albums, and their ever-increasing following is loyal. However, at ...

Wishbone Ash: A Surge of Greatness

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, December 1971

Wishbone may seem to have suddenly emerged as this year's brightest hope but as with all overnight success it's been a hard slog. The wrong ...

Lucky Breaks For Wishbone

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, 13 Fall 1971

JOHN PEEL: "I heard Wishbone Ash for the first time, and haven't been so impressed with a relatively new band for a long time. Their ...

Ash and Argus

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 6 May 1972

WISHBONE ASH are one of the nation's better bands. In the search for constant improvement, they have come up with a third album that many ...


Report by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 13 May 1972

Maybe if you're young enough, from a dreary home environment with nothing but a soul destroying future, then maybe you could enjoy a festival like ...

Wishbone Ash: Argus

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, 17 August 1972

OF THE SCADS of similarities between Wishbone Ash and Yes, the most trivial and accidental (and so most interesting) is the fact that both groups ...

Top of the Polls with Twin Guitars

Interview by Simon Frith, Let It Rock, May 1973

ROCK WRITERS have a thing about genealogy. I don’t know who’s fault it is but I’m always reading about second generation bands and third generation ...

Wishbone Ash

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, June 1974

ANDY POWELL, TED TURNER, and Martin Turner form the front instrumental line of England’s Wishbone Ash, a quartet (rounded out with Steve Upton on drums) ...

Szymczyk's the name, producing's the game

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 2 November 1974

If you've got albums by the Eagles, Joe Walsh, James Gang, J. Geils Band, Wishbone Ash or B.B. King then you should know who Barbara ...

Wishbone Ash: Hometown Rubdown

Interview by Arthur Levy, Zoo World, 5 December 1974

"IT'S GOING to be very weird going home to England, very weird," observes a suntanned, squinty-eyed Martin Turner. Wishbone Ash has been down here for ...

Wishbone Ash: Long Beach Arena

Live Review by Steven Rosen, Sounds, April 1976

THE LONG BEACH ARENA, usually a noisy and vibrant auditorium for rock music, was just that Friday night when Paris, Wishbone Ash and Bachman Turner ...

Wishbone Ash: Return Of The Kings

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 23 October 1976

Inside this otherwise quiet house in sleepy Connecticut WISHBONE ASH toil to produce the album that will return them to favour with the critics and ...

Wishbone Ash: Phase 3 for Ash

Interview by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 30 October 1976

After deserting their homeland to live in the States, they're back — but they've not been forgotten… ...

Wishbone Ash: New England

Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 6 November 1976

EVEN IN their basement studio during the formulative stages of recording New England, this album sounded good. Rough mixes of the album sounded good in ...

Wishbone Ash: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Live Review by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 6 November 1976

"I SAW A band today that will give you guys a scare," someone told Andy Powell in the dressing room after a triumphant concert at ...

Wishbone Ash: New England (MCA)

Review by Harry Doherty, Melody Maker, 13 November 1976

Andy Powell (guitars, mandolin and vocals), Laurie Wisefield (guitars and vocals), Martin Turner (bass and lead vocals), Steve Upton (drums). Recorded at Mart's Place, Laureledge, ...

Wishbone Ash: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, 29 October 1977

WHATEVER YOUR tastes in music, there's one thing you can never argue about. Audience reaction. A hall full of standing rock fans, clapping their hands ...

Souped-Up Motors

Report by Tim Lott, Record Mirror, 12 November 1977

TIM LOTT takes off with THE MOTORS ...

Wishbone Ash: Nouveau Calls

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, December 1987

ANDY POWELL AND Ted Turner's duelling guitars made this a band to be reckoned with 15 years ago – and gave Miles Copeland his first ...

Wishbone Ash: Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Live Review by Colin Harper, The Independent, 10 February 1998

THERE WAS A TIME, as schoolboys of certain vintage will doubtless recall, when knowing the line-up details of the more venerable British rock bands really ...

A Tribute to Heroes! Ashbone U Wish do Wishbone Ash

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Rock's Backpages, 10 May 2002

I WILL NOT feign objectivity. When Wishbone Ash dissolved in 1977 because of the usual "creative differences" (Nigel and Steve wanted to be creative, while ...

Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 2013

IT WAS 1971 when Wishbone Ash, touring in America as opening act for The Who, got news that two music magazines back home in England ...

Prog-Rock Legends Wishbone Ash: Nostalgia "Not the Whole Story"

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 23 April 2014

ONE OF THE greatest prog-rock albums ever, Wishbone Ash's 1972 epic Argus also remains the English band's best-known and definitive sonic statement. ...

"We'll retire at 106. What else can we do?" The rockers who won't call it a day

Report and Interview by Dave Simpson, The Guardian, 18 August 2015

From Suzi Quatro to Saxon's Biff Byford, rock's pioneers have been making music for more than 40 years. Here they talk about leather jumpsuits, performing ...

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